I have been constantly impressed by the work of Refrigerator Magnate. His quirky sense of humour & creativity is a delight. His artistic skills extend past the computer & digital darkroom and into the artist’s studio.
I was first drawn to his blog by his work with alternative (old timey photography) processes. Among his accomplishments is his creation of Faux Wet Plate Collodion. His most recent post is Four-Leaf Clover (faux wet plate collodion).
I have been trying to approximate his work. It is not identical to his pieces and may not be very wet plate in characteristic (very faux), but it does have a Victorian/Steampunk quality that suggests another time & technological age (real or imagined).
Here is the B&W tonal image before I processed it. It was originally taken with my cell-phone camera and came out a bit grainy. To try to create a wet plate effect I combined scans of plastic drips with close up shots of corroded metal.
Hope you enjoy this experiment and make sure to check out the links above to see what Robert has accomplished. If you are interested in early photographic processes, I have a link to Alternative Processes listed in Photography & Media Resources Links ( on the side of the blog).